Last fall we packed up our hippie volkswagon bus and headed to Chicago, IL for the start of our trip on Route 66 which is known as the “Mother Road” to Santa Monica, CA. Our current travels in the Coach took us near Route 66 so we had to spend time again at some of our favorite spots in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. A new RV park, Camp Mi Casa on the Route, has opened on Route 66 right next to the renovated Route 66 Drive In Theater in Carthage, MO. The owners, Dale and Stephanie, were wonderful hosts and we look forward to returning. There are large drive through sites, a sparkling clean bathhouse (which also serves as the tornado shelter), a large patio to hang out on, and a refreshing walk in pool. On site also is a shaved ice truck with tasty organic flavors. They even have a Route 66 concoction.
We also went back to visit Boots Motel. We had previously spent the night (in Clark Gable’s room) on our Route 66 trip. The motel is in various stages of renovation to its original décor. Since our visit, they had added neon lights and we wanted to see them firsthand. We weren’t disappointed.
The old Route 66 was just behind the RV park and on it we rode the bicycles to the Ruby Jack Trail. We enjoyed the solitude and scenery as we pedaled down the trail.
On our way to Joplin (on Route 66) to play pickleball we came across this new addition celebrating and honoring our armed forces, police, and firemen. Claire Swatosh, a retired marine with Brothers With A Cause, created this tribute.
We also took a personal tour of his “man cave” which housed a patriotic dune buggy. The detailing was spectacular. He uses it in parades and when visiting schools, clubs, or other organizations to promote the military and faith in America.
We were fortunate on this trip to find the old Route 66 Drive In Theater open for the season. It’s been a long time since either of us have been to a drive in movie. When you’re on Route 66, it feels like stepping back in time. The double feature started after the playing of the National Anthem.
On the last two nights in Carthage, we set up our portable pickleball net and did a demonstration followed by some play at the RV park. As is anyone who tries pickleball, the owners quickly became addicted and started plans for building two courts! And of course we had to share dessert on a stick with them. Such fun and laughter.